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Fox News reporter trapped in car by BLM protesters in CHOP zone

An angry mob trapped a Fox News correspondent in his vehicle outside of the CHOP zone in Seattle after a Black Lives Matter member claimed she was shoved by the reporter, DailyMail.com can disclose. 

The incident occurred just hours and feet from where two black teenagers were shot when they tried to plow through barricades of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area on Monday.   

The reporter was identified as Dan Springer.

River, a BLM protester at CHOP, claimed to DailyMail.com that Springer had pushed a woman at the event, telling her to get back, prompting the woman to throw her coffee at him.  

Springer then retreated into an SUV with private armed security guards protecting the car, as a group of 50 barricaded the vehicle and demanded for him to apologize.

After 20 minutes the angry crowd died down and another vehicle pulled up, with Springer jumping inside and speeding away, according to onlookers.

Fox News Correspondent Dan Springer was trapped in his car in Seattle after he allegedly shoved a protester, DailyMail.com can disclose

At one point, the protesters jumped on the hood of the SUV and placed a barricade in front of it so Springer couldn¿t leave the area

 At one point, the protesters jumped on the hood of the SUV and placed a barricade in front of it so Springer couldn’t leave the area

Springer retreated into an SUV with private armed security guards protecting the car, as a group of 50 barricaded the vehicle and demanded for him to apologize

Springer retreated into an SUV with private armed security guards protecting the car, as a group of 50 barricaded the vehicle and demanded for him to apologize

The protesters even brought over a barricade to trap in Springer

The protesters even brought over a barricade to trap in Springer 

After 20 minutes the angry crowd died down and another vehicle pulled up, with Springer jumping inside and speeding away, according to onlookers. According to his bio on Fox News' website, Springer joined Fox News Channel in 2001 as a Seattle-based correspondent

After 20 minutes the angry crowd died down and another vehicle pulled up, with Springer jumping inside and speeding away, according to onlookers. According to his bio on Fox News’ website, Springer joined Fox News Channel in 2001 as a Seattle-based correspondent 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Fox News Channel for comment.  

River explained the group was protesting Fox News and Springer over the network’s alleged fake news stories aired about CHOP when the incident occurred. 

Multiple witnesses said Springer shoved the women, sparking the fight.   

For more than 20 minutes protesters were taunting Springer to leave the vehicle and apologize to the women, but he never did.

Instead he stayed inside the car, talking on the phone for most of the time, while his hired security stood outside the vehicle attempting to negotiate with protesters.

At one point, the protesters jumped on the hood of the SUV and placed a barricade in front of it so Springer couldn’t leave the area.

‘We just want him to apologize for pushing a black woman for no reason and then we’ll allow the vehicle to leave.

‘We aren’t going to let the vehicle leave unless he apologizes to her,’ River explained.

River explained the group was protesting Fox News and Springer over the network's alleged fake news stories aired about CHOP when the incident occurred

River explained the group was protesting Fox News and Springer over the network’s alleged fake news stories aired about CHOP when the incident occurred

Multiple witnesses said Springer shoved the women, sparking the fight

Multiple witnesses said Springer shoved the women, sparking the fight

Instead he stayed inside the car, talking on the phone for most of the time, while his hired security stood outside the vehicle attempting to negotiate with protesters

Instead he stayed inside the car, talking on the phone for most of the time, while his hired security stood outside the vehicle attempting to negotiate with protesters

A BLM protester at CHOP claimed to DailyMail.com that Springer had pushed a woman at the event, telling her to get back, prompting the woman to throw her coffee at him

A BLM protester at CHOP claimed to DailyMail.com that Springer had pushed a woman at the event, telling her to get back, prompting the woman to throw her coffee at him

¿We just want him to apologize for pushing a black woman for no reason and then we¿ll allow the vehicle to leave. We aren¿t going to let the vehicle leave unless he apologizes to her,¿ River explained. Pictured: A protester on the ground in attempt to block Springer's car in

‘We just want him to apologize for pushing a black woman for no reason and then we’ll allow the vehicle to leave. We aren’t going to let the vehicle leave unless he apologizes to her,’ River explained. Pictured: A protester on the ground in attempt to block Springer’s car in 

According to his bio on Fox News’ website, Springer joined Fox News Channel in 2001 as a Seattle-based correspondent.

He previously worked for various stations in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  

The scuffle occurred as Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best was holding an impromptu news conference one block about the shooting that happened in the CHOP area just hours earlier.

Best said ‘enough is enough… we need to be able to get back into the area,” she said about the area where there have been two fatal shootings and multiple injuries over the past week and a half. This is dangerous and unacceptable.’

He asked people to remove themselves from the area for the safety of others. 

This was the fourth shooting in the CHOP in the past nine days. 

In the early hours of Monday morning, two teenagers were shot in a white Jeep near the CHOP zone.

Police said they are investigating after a man was killed and a 14-year-old boy wounded following a shooting at Seattle's CHOP zone on Monday morning

Police said they are investigating after a man was killed and a 14-year-old boy wounded following a shooting at Seattle’s CHOP zone on Monday morning

Witnesses told 911 dispatchers that they saw several unidentified people firing shots into the vehicle, police say. The blood-soaked and bullet-ridden jeep remained at the scene Monday morning

Witnesses told 911 dispatchers that they saw several unidentified people firing shots into the vehicle, police say. The blood-soaked and bullet-ridden jeep remained at the scene Monday morning

Police were at the scene Monday morning to collect the blood-soaked evidence and the white Jeep involved in the fatal shooting

Police were at the scene Monday morning to collect the blood-soaked evidence and the white Jeep involved in the fatal shooting

Another person, who refused to give his name but claimed to have witnesses the incident, said police responded and did a cursory investigation before quickly leaving the scene

Another person, who refused to give his name but claimed to have witnesses the incident, said police responded and did a cursory investigation before quickly leaving the scene 

Police say witnesses told 911 dispatchers that they saw several unidentified people firing shots into the vehicle.

Both teenagers, who have not been publicly identified, were taken to the Harborview Medical Center in a private vehicle by people who identified themselves as ‘CHOP medics’. They had already been taken to the hospital by the time police arrived at the scene.  

The 16-year-old died several hours later and the 14-year-old remains in a critical condition. One of the victims had gunshot wounds to his hip, arm and temple. 

Protesters say the shooting unfolded only after the teens started firing and their vehicle plowed into a CHOP zone barrier. Those inside the zone say CHOP security guards, who are self-appointed and heavily armed, returned fire.    

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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